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Cardboard Spice Rack Made from an iPad Box

Create a cardboard spice rack without spending any money! Use a recycled box, fabric from your stash and Mod Podge – the perfect recycled craft.

Skills Required: Beginner. If you don’t have much crafting experience you can still achieve this project. You’ll be cutting fabric, Mod Podging it to a box, then installing a lazy susan.

DIY spice rack made from an iPad box

Please meet Cristin from Eve of Reduction! She is an absolute master at recycled crafts and turning nothing into something. I admire Cristin so much, and I really admire this DIY spice rack she made for us. Keep reading on to learn how!


One of your New Year’s Resolutions may be to get more organized. Interestingly enough, getting organized didn’t make the USA.gov most popular resolutions for this past year. But guess what came in at #10: reducing, reusing and recycling.

Hooray for that! Well, just so you know, Eve of Reduction has you covered with this recycled craft project and organization solution for your spices.

You’re going to need a small, sturdy box, preferably with a top and bottom, to make this cardboard spice rack. I used an iPad box. Don’t fret if you don’t have one, reusing packaging from cologne or perfume gifts sets works great, too.

iPad box, Mod Podge Matte, fabric, and a paintbrush
iPad box and lazy susan mechanism

DIY Cardboard Spice Rack

Gather These Supplies

  • Small, flat cardboard box (as sturdy as possible)
  • Lazy susan mechanism
  • Nuts and bolts – 4 small
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Applicator (small brush, sponge or even piece of cardboard)
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Basic tool set

TIP: before you get started, you *may* need to prime the cardboard. If the fabric is sheer or the box has really dark font and the fabric is light, you’ll be able to see any writing on the box through it when you Mod Podge. You can easily prime the box with white/light acrylic paint.

iPad box laid out onto a piece of fabric

Step 1: Lay out your fabric, print side down. Center the box top on the fabric, top down. Cut the corners out of the fabric, using the box as a guide.

Tip: Make sure you have enough fabric to fold over the sides of the box. You want to have your fabric all set before applying Mod Podge.

Painting Mod Podge onto the top of an iPad box with a paintbrush

Step 2: Thoroughly spread Mod Podge over the outside surface of the box. Move quickly to adhere the fabric to the box and smooth as much as you can with your fingers (or use a brayer).

Mod Podging the inside of a cardboard box

Step 3: Insert the bottom of the box into the top so that the box is doubled and nested on top of each other.

Measure and cut a rectangle of fabric that will fit in the inside bottom of the box. Repeat the Mod Podge procedure to adhere the fabric to the inside bottom of the box.

Lazy susan mechanism placed on the bottom of a box
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Step 4: Position the lazy susan mechanism (found at home improvement stores for around $5) in the center of the box top, which will now be the bottom of your cardboard spice rack. Punch holes through the box to insert the small nuts and bolts.

DIY cardboard spice rack

Step 5: Fill with your favorite spices and place inside your cupboard.

DIY spice rack made from an iPad box

I love the idea of reusing a box because the short sides of the box keep the spices contained without aggravation of them falling off the shelf, while the sides are short enough that you can still see what spice you’re grabbing. Enjoy your spice holder!


If you liked this DIY cardboard spice rack, I’d love for you to check out these other cool (and inexpensive!) projects: